The collection of 375 short pithy sayings of Solomon continues in this chapter.
THE COLLECTION OF SOLOMON’S PROVERBS CONTINUES
tears it down with her own hands. Some people have a destructive nature. They destroy the good things in their own lives.
VERSE 2. He who walks in his uprightness fears the LORD, but he who is perverse in his ways despises him.
The fool. The Hebrew word is eveel. It means arrogant, hardened, thickheaded.
VERSE 4. Where no oxen are, the crib is clean, but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
pours out lies. Even though a witness swears to tell the truth, many of them lie.
VERSE 6. A scoffer seeks wisdom, and doesn’t find it, but knowledge comes easily to a discerning person.
Stay away from a foolish man. If you become close to a foolish person, you will absorb some of their own foolishness. You will become more of a fool for having befriended them.
VERSE 8. The wisdom of the prudent is to think about his way, but the folly of fools is deceit.
mock at making atonement. When they do something wrong, fools make fun of the idea of making amends for it.
VERSE 10. The heart knows its own bitterness and joy; he will not share these with a stranger.
VERSE 11. The house of the wicked will be overthrown, but the tent of the upright will flourish.
NIV translation: There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
a way which seems right. Our important decisions need to be considered from several perspectives:
- The Holy Spirit. As you take the matter to prayer, how has the Holy Spirit led you? Has this been consistent, over days, weeks, months, years?
- Scripture. What does the Word of God say about the given topic?
- Advisors. How do trusted wise people advise you? See Proverbs 15:22.
- History. Do any of the historic insights of Christian faith speak to the issue?
Proverbs 15:22. Where there is no counsel, plans fail; but in a multitude of counselors they are established.
VERSE 13. Even in laughter the heart may be sorrowful, and mirth may end in heaviness.
VERSE 14. The unfaithful will be repaid for his own ways; likewise a good man will be rewarded for his ways.
simple man believes everything. We are not to be simpletons. Rather, we should be discerning. It helps to have the Gift of Discernment. If you don’t have it, perhaps you can find somebody who does.
hot headed and reckless. This describes a lot of politicians.
VERSE 17. He who is quick to become angry will commit folly, and a crafty man is hated.
The simple inherit folly. A simple person is gullible. That is a failure of social intelligence in which a person is easily tricked or manipulated into an ill-advised course of action. For that reason, they take in folly, and not wisdom.
VERSE 19. The evil bow down before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
the rich person has many friends. The “friends” are drawn in because of the riches. Of course, they are shallow.
VERSE 21. He who despises his neighbor sins, but he is blessed who has pity on the poor.
VERSE 22. Don’t they go astray who plot evil? But love and faithfulness belong to those who plan good.
In all hard work there is profit. Solomon praises working hard. Of course, he himself did not work hard. He was the richest person on earth. He just wanted people to work hard for him.
crown of the wise is their riches. As we have seen in other passages, Solomon imagines that righteous living results in material prosperity. In other words, if you walk with God, you will get rich. And if you sin, you will be poor.
Proverbs 3:16. Length of days is in her right hand. In her left hand are riches and honor.
Proverbs 8:18. With me are riches, honor, enduring wealth, and prosperity.
Proverbs 8:21. that I may give wealth to those who love me. I fill their treasuries.
Proverbs 14:24. The crown of the wise is their riches, but the folly of fools crowns them with folly.
Proverbs 15:6. In the house of the righteous is much treasure, but the income of the wicked brings trouble.
Proverbs 22:4. The result of humility and the fear of the LORD is wealth, honor, and life.
saves souls. Telling the truth when giving testimony in court can save someone from the death penalty.
VERSE 26. In the fear of the LORD is a secure fortress, and he will be a refuge for his children.
VERSE 27. The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning people from the snares of death.
VERSE 28. In the multitude of people is the king’s glory, but in the lack of people is the destruction of the prince.
slow to anger. Are you slow to anger? If not, how can you slow down your anger?
VERSE 30. The life of the body is a heart at peace, but envy rots the bones.
oppresses the poor. In our day it is common for wealthy people to exploit poor people. The media how up such wealthy people as role models for the rest of us to emulate. However, what they do is not right …
shows contempt for his Maker. If you oppress poor people, you are expressing contempt for the LORD God.
kind to the needy. Would poor people say you are nice to them?
honors him. When we are kind to poor people, we honor the LORD God.
VERSE 32. The wicked is brought down in his calamity, but in death, the righteous has a refuge.
VERSE 33. Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has understanding, and is even made known in the inward part of fools.
Righteousness exalts a nation. Righteousness among a group of people has a synergistic beneficial effect.
VERSE 35. The king’s favor is toward a servant who deals wisely, but his wrath is toward one who causes shame.
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